Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Quick hitters:: The Little Ones

Band:: The Little Ones
Album:: Morning Tide
Label:: Chop Shop Records
Web site:: http://www.wearethelittleones.com/index2.html
Myspace:: http://www.myspace.com/wearethelittleones

The Little Ones are one of those bands that seem to get swallowed up by the industry. After their infectious single, Lovers Who Uncover, they were getting littered with comparisons to the Shins and The Kinks and deemed the next big thing on countless blogs (this one included). Astralwerks signed them up and we all waited for the debut record. And then we waited... and waited.

Well, after getting released from their label and settling in with Chop Shop record they band are finally releasing Morning Tide. The 12-song debut is full of sunshine pop; catchy riffs, syths, and heavy in hand claps and group shouts. The band seems happy to avoid the issues and rather than deliver another record of woah-is-me indie rock, they try force a smile on anyone that listens. They keep the energy up, only changing pace with two ballads (although the album closer, Farm Song, is probably the most successful song on the record), and like Mary Poppins The Little Ones believe a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.

I'm not sure if it was always the case, but I find Reyes' voice really drifting into the Gibbard realm on a lot of these tracks and basically that is as good a descriptor as you need. Obviously, with comparisons to bands like the Shins and Death Cab, you are going to find at least a few tracks you will like, but probably not enough to make you crave multiple listens.

Posted at 7:12 AM by ack :: 1 comments

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At 5:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous did sayeth:

way too close to death cab for me. almost a carbon copy.


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